North Carolina's Coastal Plain runs from Virginia to South Carolina and extends inward almost to Raleigh. TNC has worked in the Coastal Plain for three decades to protect the unique natural communities that thrive here.
Why so Special?
The region's numerous rivers, streams and wetlands are the lifeblood of the Coastal Plain, providing rich habitat for plants and animals, soaking up flood waters and feeding North Carolina's sounds and bays.
In these low lying areas, a rise of mere inches in elevation can bring a host of different species and habitat types. The Coastal Plain has some of the richest biodiversity found anywhere in the world, supporting an amazing range of plant life. Rare animals (some federally endangered) like the red-cockaded woodpecker make this place home, as doe black bear, the bald eagle and the American alligator.
The Coastal Plain is the site of some of the Conservancy's most recognized North Carolina projects, from the floodplain forests of the Roanoke River to the longleaf savannas of the Green Swamp to the many state parks and national wildlife refuges that dot the region. One of our most important - and sometimes surprising - partners in this region is the U.S. military.
Places to Visit
Van Swamp Game Land
Pettigrew State Park
Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Preserve
Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
Jockey's Ridge State Park
Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve
Roanoke Island Marshes Game Land
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge
Sandhills Game Lands
Weymouth Woods Natural Area
Calloway Forest Preserve
Carvers Creek State Park
Long Valley Farm
Carolina Bay Preserves
Lumber River State Park
Cedar Swamp Seep Preserve
Pondberry Bay Preserve
South River Preserve
Black River Preserve
Bald Head Island